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# Apply for an Extension or Deferral

An extension is permission to hand in a piece of assessed work after the published hand-in date without incurring a penalty.

A deferral is permission to delay an attempt at a particular assessment until after the relevant assessment board has met, or for an unseen written exam, at the next scheduled examination period.


We are experiencing a delay in sending out confirmations of extensions. Therefore, if you have not received confirmation that your extension has been approved by the original deadline, you should submit your assessment on the requested extended deadline date and contact your Faculty Registry to advise them of this. Your application will then be approved retrospectively and your work will be accepted and marked as on time.

# Apply for an extension

If you require an extension on an assessment, you must apply for it in advance of your deadline.

You need to complete the form (opens new window) fully including the rationale for the request. You also need to submit third party evidence to support your request.

Extensions are not possible for timetabled exams. If you’re unable to complete your exam on the timetabled date, you will need to request a deferral.

# Apply for a deferral

If you are unable to submit by the extended deadline, you will need to apply for a deferral, which lets you delay your submission/exam until the ‘next assessment opportunity’.

You must request a deferral by completing the form (opens new window) fully including a rationale for your request, provide any evidence, and wait for this to be approved. If you do not request a deferral, you will be marked as ‘absent’.


Please be aware: deferring assessments could lead to a delay in being able to progress to the next stage of your course, or to graduate with your cohort. Please consider carefully how you choose to manage your assessments. For further information please see FAQs on the Student Portal (opens new window).

# Get further guidance and support

Check our Student Portal page (opens new window) for further guidance on applying for an extension / deferral and FAQs on assessments.

Last updated: 13/02/2022, 12:03:27